Exceptional pair of French Victorian era antique Diamond Earrings set in 18ct Rose and White Gold with hinged leverback fittings for pierced ears. Hallmarked with the regional French Horses Head for 18 ct Gold (1838 - 1919) additional letter M for district. Weight 4.7 grams - comfortable sturdy construction easy to handle. The Earrings are well-sized with a total height of 17 mm, 9 mm diameter crown setting.
The Diamonds have a large spread of approx 7 x 6.5 mm with an irregular border and flat base. They have the typical triangular facets of a Dutch rose-cut stone.I have taken a photo of their apparent size of around 2 carats each stone in a diamond gauge to explain their impressive appearance but they will not have the weight suggested of 1 1/2 and 2 carats as they do not have a lower pointed pavilion - they have a flat basal plane. This also limits their dispersion of light to a romantic silvery mirror. Reflection rather than the rainbow colours flashing from below in a full cut brilliant diamond or modern simulant. The Diamonds are relatively clear and free from any dark carbon spots and have some natural internal characteristics visible in certain directions. A second smaller Diamond highlights the top of the coronet setting and the large Rose Diamond just skims the level of the earlobe to sit in the optimum position to reflect the available light.
They are very acceptable in daylight for daily wear with an heirloom quality. The Earrings will be posted in a new mini storage container for a safe trip. The old boxes shown are no longer durable or hygienic for resale. These original antique Earrings have a very flattering gentle luminosity which will delight both wearer and beholder!
The item "Antique French Victorian 18ct Gold Dutch Rose Cut Diamond leverback Earrings" is in sale since Monday, September 21, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Vintage Fine Jewellery\Victorian (1837-1901)".The seller is "annemarie0512" and is located in Northampton. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.